GMA News reporter and TV anchor Raffy Tima has broken his silence over the recent catcalling incident where President-elect Rodrigo Duterte whistled at his wife, journalist Mariz Umali.
In a post, Tima expressed his dismay over the incoming president’s actions, saying it was “wrong [on] so many levels.”
“I expected that from a Mayor Duterte. I know his reputation well enough not to be shocked by it, but that does not make it right,” he said.
“For someone who espouses leadership by example, catcalling anyone in a press conference with all cameras trained on him defies logic. Then again, that’s Mayor Duterte,” he added.
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Tima also called out the people who were there during the incident, but didn’t do a thing and instead laughed and teased his wife.
“What appalled me even more was how some people in the room reacted. Most laughed, others made [a] teasing noise and basically urged the mayor to dish some more! And he did. I do hope none of them were journalists because if they were, shame on them,” he said.
“Some jokes are funny and should be laughed at... but disrespecting women is definitely not one of them,” he added.
Umali was asking the president-elect a question during a live press conference when she was interrupted by Duterte who then whistled at her.
“Nagpapapansin ka talaga sa akin ha,” he said before whistling at Umali who brushed off the catcall, smiled and carried on with her question.
The controversial incident can be viewed at the 34:40 mark of GMA News’ livestream of the press conference.